National Philoptochos Society
To promote charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions." Click here to read more...
President Logus Presents 3 Challenges to Chapters
In Her First Major Address
In her first major address since she assumed office, President Logus expressed appreciation to her predecessors for their exemplary work and inspiration, and to His Grace, Bishop Sevastianos for his guidance. She offered her profound gratitude to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios for his trust and support and the opportunity to serve.
President Logus discussed the mission of Philoptochos and what it means. She clearly distinguished charity, which is giving, from philanthropy, which is doing. “We in Philoptochos know a lot about giving; it is clearly one of our strengths. We are justifiably proud of the fact that Philoptochos has a respected and widely admired ability to raise funds for worthy and challenging causes,” President Logus stated. She continued by calling on all Philoptochos Stewards to support the 15th Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon and the historic rebuilding of the St. Nicholas Shrine at the World Trade Center as major projects of the Society. President Logus then identified 3 goals that will guide the work of the Chapters during the next 18 months and enable Philoptochos to add tangible acts of philanthropy to its exemplary history of charitable giving:
- A Return to Basics. She calls on Chapters to partner with other organizations in their communities in joint projects, thereby involving the entire community in tangible, hands-on philanthropy. She challenged Chapters across the country to band together to provide 250,000 meals for those in need by the next national convention in July 2016. This works out to 31 meals each month per Chapter. “Feeding the homeless and the hungry will not only provide nourishment to those we serve; the physical act of giving will feed our souls and our spirits as well,” she said.
- Expanded and Enhanced Communications. The national organization will harness all modes of communication to bring awareness and a greater understanding of the work of Philoptochos to the community at large. A goal of producing monthly educational webinars has been established. Finally, she asks all members to communicate with her and with the National Board to provide proposals for lending a helping hand to someone in need.
- Growth and Development of the Membership. The National Philoptochos will establish a Leadership Institute to provide instructional seminars, discussion groups and field trips with the goal of more fully informing new members on the work of Philoptochos and engaging them as our future leaders. In addition, a pilot program is being established that will partner chapters of Orthodox Christian Fellowship on college campuses with local Philoptochos Chapters. Studies show that the Millenials are eager to volunteer, and the future of the Society will rest with their future participation in our organization.
In conclusion, she stated, “I see us as a team, as a group that works together for the greater good….We have an opportunity to give witness to the simple goodness in people by doing something small – lending a hand to someone in need. I am confident that together, with faith in the Lord, with prayers from deep within our hearts and souls, and with the love and blessings of God, we can lessen the pain, loss and suffering of others.”
For the full text of her speech, Click Here.
15th Children's Medical Fund Luncheon in Boston on
October 31, 2015
The Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon was established in 1989 and is hosted on a biennial basis rotating between the Direct Archdiocesan District and the eight Metropolises of the Archdiocese. Since its inception, the National Philoptochos has raised over $2.7 million for the Children’s Medical Fund. Click here to read more...
- 2013 Children's Medical Fund Recipients
- Children's Medical Fund Luncheon Grants 2002-2013
- 2015 Children's Medical Fund Grant Application Letter
- 2015 Children's Medical Fund Grant Application Form
National Philoptochos Announces Partnership
with U.S. Fund for UNICEF End Trafficking Program
National Philoptochos is pleased to announce a new initiative with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF End Trafficking Program. Human trafficking has been likened to modern-day slavery that subjects children, women and men to force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor.
Our new initiative will focus on actionable projects that chapters across the country can implement immediately:
- Choosing ethically sourced, or “Fair Trade” coffee, tea, wine
- Distributing End Trafficking postcards in public places
- Entering the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888 in personal phones
More details will be forthcoming on this website, regarding these and other programs in our partnership with the U.S Fund for UNICEF End Trafficking Program.